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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN #197 October 2019


N.B. The information below is provided directly by the organizers of events, festivals, audio-visual organizations or independent film projects. The Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC) cannot be held accountable for it.

In this bulletin:

  1. Call for submissions: 70th Berlin International Film Festival
  2. Call for submissions: Torino Film Lab’s Script Lab 2020
  3. Call for submissions: The 26th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema
  4. Call for submissions: Mobile Film Festival
  5. Call for submissions: 7th edition of the Rencontres d’Aflam Marseille, April 2020
  6. Call for submissions: The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  7. Call for submissions: Carmarthen Bay Film Festival

1. Call for submissions: 70th Berlin International Film Festival

The Berlin International Film Festival (hereafter referred to as “Berlinale”) is organised by the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH. The Berlinale is a major public cultural event and, with over 330,000 tickets sold and the participation of around 20,000 professional visitors from more than 100 countries, including more than 3,500 journalists, it is one of the international film industry’s most important events. The Berlinale programme consists of around 400 films and comprises the Official Programme (Competition, Encounters, Berlinale Shorts, Panorama), the Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections, as well as the Forum, which is organised independently by the Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art.

Films can be submitted to one or more of the sections mentioned above. The person responsible for the accuracy of the information given in the online film submission form (hereinafter called “the submitter”) selects the appropriate section(s) during the film submission process.

General Regulations:

Only films that have been registered can be considered for selection.
Film registrations are accepted exclusively online at

Films which have been submitted and viewed for previous editions of the Berlinale may not be registered again.

Only films completed within the 12 months prior to the start of the festival may be registered.

A theatrical release as well as a festival participation in the country of origin will be accepted.

World premieres are preferred. Further information on the premiere status can be found here.

While feature length films need a minimum running time of 60 min, Berlinale Shorts accepts films up to 30 min, Generation shorts are eligible up to 20 min. Films for Perspektive Deutsches Kino (German productions only) need a minimum length of 30 min, features start with 60 min.
Documentary forms can be submitted to all sections.

The Artistic Director of the festival reserves the right to rule on any case not provided for in these guidelines individually.

Every submitter will receive a written notification about the result of the selection screening.
Details regarding film registration for the European Film Market can be found at

Submission Deadlines:

Feature-length films: registration of films and receipt of selection screeners by November 08, 2019

Short films: registration of films and receipt of selection screeners by November 15, 2019

For more information, please visit:

2. Call for submissions: Torino Film Lab’s Script Lab 2020

Call for Entries

ScriptLab is a screenwriting programme, addressed to professional writer - directors, or teams of writer and director, from all over the world, presenting an original or adapted fiction feature film screenplays in early stage development.

It also trains film professionals interested in gaining an insight into the script development process, through the branch ScriptLab – story editing.

With the support of professional script consultants and the story editor trainees, filmmakers from all over the world develop their projects through the creative process of peer to peer group work, during 3 week-long residential workshops and 2 on-line sessions held from March to November 2020.

The programme concludes at the Torino Film Lab Meeting Event in November: on this occasion, all participants present their projects to an audience of specially invited international producers, sales agents and other film industry professionals, having one-to-one meetings with these Decision Makers.

ScriptLab will welcome 20 projects. 5 film professionals will also be selected as Story Editor trainees.

Deadline for Applications: November 1st, 2019, 12:00 p.m. CET (noon)

For more information, please visit

3. Call for submissions: The 26th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema

The 26th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema will take place from 11th to 18th February 2020. The Festival aims to promote Asian Films and through them, the culture of countries from the Near East to the Far East.

The selection of 26th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema will feature around 75 features films and 15 documentaries. There is no entry fee. About 8 to 10 previously unreleased feature films in France will be selected for the official competition, 8 to 10 documentaries unreleased in France and of 65 minutes’ maximum duration will be selected for the official competition. Other films, feature and documentaries will be introduced in the non-competitive sections.

Every selected feature film in the competition section will be screened twice.

Conditions of Participation:

To enter the selection, the films must be directed by an Asian director, and/or produced in an Asian country or introduce a theme related to countries from the Asian continent.

The films must be registered at the latest by 31st October 2019, on the entry form available at the festival office or on the web site along with:

- a DVD / screening link with French or English
- a synopsis in French or in English
- a press kit with director’s statement
- photos of the director and of the film to be printed
in the catalogue and the press, posters if available
- a biography and filmography of the director

Selected Films:

Subtitling: Prints should include French subtitles; if not, prints should include English subtitles. The festival will create electronic French subtitles. In such case, the festival would request an English subtitled DVD IDENTICAL to the final delivered version, an English dialog list and, if possible, a file with English subtitles should be sent to the Festival as soon as possible. The electronic subtitles would be property of the Festival


The Festival management selects an official international Jury whose members will award the “Cyclo d’Or” (Golden Cyclo) granted by the "Bourgogne-Franche-Comté" department, the Grand Award of the Jury to the director(s) for the best feature film and a special mention.

The Audience award is granted by the city of Vesoul to the director for the best feature film.
The INALCO (Oriental Language University Department) award will be granted to the best director of a feature film.

The NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) award will be granted to the best director of a feature film.

The youth jury will give a CAV prize to the director of the awarded documentary film. The audience prize granted by the CAV will be awarded to a documentary film.

Registration Deadline: October 31, 2019

For more information about the rules and regulations:


4. Call for submissions: Mobile Film Festival

1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film, 1 theme : ACT NOW on climate change
For its 15th edition, the Mobile Film Festival (MFF) is partnering with YouTube Creators for Change and United Nations Climate Change in a context of absolute climate urgency confirmed by numerous reports published each year by the IPCC and international conferences. The next Conference of Parties, COP 25 , will be held in Chile from December 2nd to December 13th 2019.

The Mobile Film Festival has chosen to take part in the action by joining the campaign ACT NOW on climate change launched by the UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterres. This year’s edition is also based on the paper published by the collective ON EST PRÊT ( link ) on the occasion of the Cannes Film Festival 2019, which invited film professionals to engage in this existential question, reminding us that stories shape our common imagination.

This year again, the Festival returns with the rules that made its success: 1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film . The filmmakers will have to respect a committed thematic: ACT NOW on climate change. They are invited to submit films presenting desirable futures which are being built right now through numerous initiatives of committed citizens and NGOs around the world.

The Festival’s 100% digital aspect and its creative and brief format allow broadcast on all screens: mobile, tablet, computer, TV and cinema. Last year, the MFF received over 700 films from 81 countries and reached an audience of 21 million views.

The Mobile Film Festival will award €46’000 of grants:

- International Grand Prize: €20 000 awarded by Youtube Creators for Change
- France Grand Prize : €20 000 awarded by Youtube Creators for Change
- Best Screenplay Award : €3 000 awarded by the CNC
- Best Director Award : 3 000€ awarded by the CNC
- The Extra Court Award : 700€ awarded by the Short Film Agency for the purchase of a film

The two €20 000 grants awarded by YouTube will allow the winning directors to produce in one year a short film with professional means and the help of a producer.

The CNC will award two €3 000 grants which will allow the winners to join writing residencies.


The call for films is open until October 16th 2019

For more information,
please visit :

5. Call for submissions: 7 th edition of the Rencontres d’Aflam Marseille, April 2020

The association Aflam organizes since 2013 the Rencontres Internationales des Cinémas
Arabes, newly renamed the Rencontres Internationales de Cinéma. This is a non-competitive
film festival offering a wide-ranging and high-level overview of cinema in all its forms
approaching topics linked to the Arab world. Aflam is opening the door to applications for the
seventh edition of its Rencontres, which will take place in April 2020 in Marseille and the region

Participation Requirements:

• Movies related to the Arab world : topics, the movie’s language, country of production,
director’s nationality

• Features of short movies

• Documentary, fiction, animated movie, experimental, video installation (excluding video
clips, advertisements and corporate movies)

• Movies produced in 2018/2019

Deadline for submission: December 1st, 2019

For more information, please visit:

6. Call for submissions: The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public.

Rules & Terms:

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival exhibits nearly 100 documentary films in a variety of programs. Submitted films will be considered for both the NEW DOCS and Invited Program categories. Films screening in the Invited Program are not eligible for awards.


Short and feature documentary films completed after January 1, 2019, are eligible for Full Frame 2020. Films 40 minutes or less are considered shorts. Films 41 minutes or longer are considered features. Full Frame does not accept entries with total running times over 180 minutes.

Rough Cuts:

We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit the most complete version of their films possible. If submitting a rough cut, please indicate in the application what elements are still incomplete: temporary sound, temporary graphics, missing scenes, etc. To discuss the timing of submitting a rough cut, please email


Full Frame does not have a formal premiere requirement. When making final decisions, programmers do take a film’s exposure into consideration, especially prior screenings in North Carolina, wide play on the festival circuit, national television broadcast, or theatrical release.

Notifications & Feedback:

Notifications regarding acceptance will be sent no later than March 6, 2020. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide individualized feedback to filmmakers.

Deadline for submission: Regular deadline November 15, 2019

For more information about rules and regulations, please visit:

7. Call for submissions: Carmarthen Bay Film Festival

Carmarthen Bay Film Festival has gone from strength to strength over the years. From the first festival in 2012, they have gone from 35 submissions to well over 750 from 60 different countries for 2019 festival. Not only have the submissions increased over the years, but the number of filmmakers and festival patrons attending has as well.

Rules & Terms:
- Films made anywhere in the world are eligible to be submitted for consideration.
- If the Film’s final running time is more than 2 minutes and less than 40 minutes including credits if any, the Film may only be submitted as a Short film. Even if the Film has been submitted as a Feature film, it will be included for consideration only in the Short category.
- The Festival does not require première status for submissions.
- The Film may have been previously screened in its entirety at a theatrical exhibition anywhere in the world, in which tickets were available to the public.
- The Film may have been previously released on DVD or broadcast on television or the internet anywhere in the world.
- Applicants submitting Films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that contains significant non-English spoken dialogue that does not include accompanying on-screen English subtitles.

 Deadline: October 31, 2019 

 For more information about rules and regulations, please visit:

The Royal Film Commission was established in 2003 to promote the audio-visual industry in Jordan. Tel: +962-6-4642266  e-mail: